The Natbuild Board
John has over 20 years experience in the timber and hardware business.
He commenced his career at Bowens working as a yardman during his school holidays and, following some time at University, he has directly experienced life in nearly every part of the business. John also spent some time in the 1990's working for several U.S. lumber companies.
In July 2005 he succeeded his father, Jack, as Bowens' fourth Managing Director in 115 years.
When not working, John enjoys spending time with his wife and their four sons, and, when allowed, he occasionally swings a golf club.
Dahlsens Building Centres
Geoff Dahlsen is the CEO at Dahlsens Building Centres, a fifth generation family business with stores throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales. The Dahlsens Group also owns Cairns Hardware Company, Nortruss Builders Supplies in the Northern Territory and Western Australia and Midcoast Timber Centres in Sydney and the Central Coast.
Geoff is a qualified solicitor, holds an MBA and is also a Director of Plumbing Plus. He is based in Sydney.
Finlaysons Timber and Hardware
Michael is a Director of Finlayson Timber and Hardware Pty Ltd, a fourth generation family business established in 1875. Michael has been in the timber industry for 30 years.
After school he worked for the Department of Primary Industries whilst undergoing studies.
Soon after he moved into the family business and in the year 2000 along with his brother and father completed a family buyout of shareholders to have the business in full family control.
He is a former Director of the Timber Research and Development Advisory Council (TRADAC), a former Treasurer of The Araucaria Australia Group (AAG) and has sat on many other industry committees.
He is passionate about the timber and hardware industry and a strong advocate of the independent channel (in all sectors) and the importance and value they offer to all stake holders.
Michael is married with three children and lives in sunny Brisbane.
Hardware & General Supplies Limited
After a successful career of 14 years in the Accounting Profession with Tier 1 and Tier 2 Chartered Accounting firms, Philip joined the family hardware business.
Philip has now served 30 years with the family business of Hardware & General Supplies Limited overseeing the operation expand into 6 locations across the Sydney metropolitan area.
Philip has an extensive background in the area of Buying Groups, being involved with Plumbing Plus Bathroom Kitchen and Laundry Pty Limited for over 25 years firstly as Treasurer and now sits on the National Purchasing Committee which he joined in 2003.
Philip has a Bachelor of Business from UTS and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Outside of work commitments, Philip enjoys spending time with his wife, five children and young grandson.